Ethio-jazz legend, Hailu Mergia is making a resounding statement on his first studio album in 15 years, “Lala Belu”.
Nigerian singer and songwriter Maleek Berry has started 2018 with his best foot forward by following up his success from the past year with an anticipated sequel to his debut project, "Last Daze of Summer" EP. First Daze of Winter, released early in January 2018 is a temperate project relaying fragile emotions, on the back … Continue reading Album Review: Maleek Berry – First Daze of Winter EP
Paradiso tells the story of the black body through electronic music, presenting a candid and tangible dimension that can only be experience through this haphazard mess of sounds, tightly knit by the breadcrumbs of relatable noise, layered at various points on the projects.
Captivated by the kung-fu masters in the movies, a young Gabonese sets off for China to learn the sacred art. Years later, in 1985, he becomes the Shaolin Temple’s very first Black master.
MAKANDA at The End of Space, the Beginning of Time is an 11 track sonic odyssey fabricated with cosmic sounds forged from a special brew of traditional Congolese rumba to modern funk and jazz and soul that mesmerizes you with bliss from the first clap to the last spin of the record
Glitter, feathers and bright-coloured wigs. On a small Cape Verdean island, Tchinda helps her community prepare for Carnival. Directed by Marc Serena and Pablo García Perez de Lara, this 2016 feature length documentary is both a portrait of the eclectic Tchinda Andrade—one of the island’s first and most beloved transgender women— as well as a … Continue reading Film Review: The Portraits of Cape Verde’s Trans Queen and Carnival Culture in “Tchindas”
With few bumps along the groove, Rose Gold is an easily enjoyable record by a young artist with so much promise. Wrapping up in just 41 minutes, the album quickly warms up to you by being honest and relatable whilst sculpting a welcoming soundscape littered with a well-blended variety of moody and cheerful sounds.
The film released early in 2017, uses the Sankofa motif, to stitch a ripple in time and transports you to the 1960’s, when the movement was at its peak in post-colonial Ghana.
This special edition of SUPER 16 comes to you from the Jozi Film Festival which took place from September 21 to 24 in Johannesburg screening over 50 films from all over the world. Our fave comrade, Nkgopoleng Moloi was in attendance and decided to put together some brief notes on her impressions of the films screened at the festival.
Zara McFarlane is charting a star system of African diasporan heritage, painted with the lush rousing strokes of jazz and soul melodies, dipped in rich history and fragmented memories on her third studio album, Arise. The British-Jamaican soul singer sets about linking the various nexuses of her identity by floating between individual and shared experiences … Continue reading Album Review: Zara McFarlane Traces Her Afro-Caribbean Identity on Arise